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									       Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grant Program




Maryland (MD)
PSIC Federal Award: $22,934,593
(Awarded September 30, 2007)



 Summary


                        PSIC Investment Justification                           Federal Funds

 State and Local Communications Partnership: Tower and Fiber
                                                                                      $7,900,000
 Infrastructure
 Central Maryland Area Radio Communications (CMARC), Maryland Eastern
 Shore Interoperability Network (MESIN), Western Maryland Interoperability
                                                                                      $9,150,000
 System Project (IPIX), Public Safety Intranet (PSINET), 700 Megahertz
 (MHz): Systems Upgrade, Improvement, and Acquisition
 State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) Consultant Support                   $800,000
 Data Exchange Hub (DEH) and National Capital Region (NCR) Fiber Optic
                                                                                      $4,700,000
 Network Infrastructure (NCRnet)
 Management and Administration (M&A)                                                    $384,593
 Statewide Planning                                                                             -
 Total PSIC Award                                                                    $22,934,593

Pass Through: The State of Maryland fulfilled the PSIC Grant Program requirement by passing
through a minimum of 80 percent of the total award amount to local or tribal governments or
authorized nongovernmental public safety agencies


Strategic Technology Reserve (STR): Maryland submitted a written STR waiver request
based on the fact that the State has invested in a number of reserve capabilities, including radio
caches, deployable towers, mobile command vehicles, and satellite communications. The State
was granted a full waiver.




                                  As of September 30, 2008                                          1
  Investments


State and Local Communications Partnership:
Tower and Fiber Infrastructure

 Federal Amount:                                $ 7,900,000
 Non-Federal Match Amount:                      $ 1,777,500
 Total Project Cost:                            $ 9,677,500

   92%* Acquisition & Deployment                        0% Training & Exercise   8% Planning & Coordination
*Percentages include both Federal and non-Federal Match funds.


Maryland is geographically diverse State with some high population density areas, which results
in coverage and capacity challenges. As a result, Maryland’s first responders are currently
unable to use radio communications across all agencies and jurisdictions. This Investment
provides for an extension of the Public Safety Intranet (PSINET), a connected system of digital
microwave and fiber linkages, which will link first responders and local agencies to one another,
and eliminate coverage gaps throughout the State.           PSINET will allow local emergency
management services (EMS) personnel to speak directly with physicians at emergency
departments. This Investment will also provide four new towers to fill in local coverage gaps
and to ensure PSINET connectivity in previously unincorporated counties. Planning funds will
be used to coordinate these improvements.




                                                     As of September 30, 2008
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Central Maryland Area Radio Communications (CMARC),
Maryland Eastern Shore Interoperability Network (MESIN),
Western Maryland Interoperability System Project (IPIX),
Public Safety Intranet (PSINET), 700 Megahertz (MHz):
Systems Upgrade, Improvement, and Acquisition

 Federal Amount:                                $ 9,150,000
 Non-Federal Match Amount:                      $ 1,772,812
 Total Project Cost:                            $ 10,922,812

 81%* Acquisition & Deployment                     6% Training & Exercise    13% Planning & Coordination
*Percentages include both Federal and non-Federal Match funds.


Various proprietary systems and equipment used by State agencies and local entities prevent
seamless communication across the State. This Investment will allow Maryland to create a
“network of networks” with alternate modes of communication, portability, and architecture. The
State will improve and extend the Maryland Eastern Shore Interoperability Network (MESIN)
and the Central Maryland Area Radio Communications (CMARC), both Radio over Internet
Protocol (RoIP) solutions, through infrastructure improvements. These improvements will result
in an advanced regional simulcast system that will provide trunked wireless voice
interoperability on a Project 25 (P25) backbone. In Western Maryland, this Investment will fund
a new pilot RoIP project to address communication gaps in rural and mountainous regions.
Lastly, the State will expand the availability of National Public Safety Planning Advisory
Committee (NPSPAC) channels in Southern Maryland and implement a real-time traffic video
system through MESIN. Training and exercises are in place for the new systems and
equipment. These improvements are expected to link disparate systems, extend coverage in
underserved regions, and promote interoperability through the use of shared channels.


State Interoperability Executive Committee
Consultant Support

 Federal Amount:                                $ 800,000
 Non-Federal Match Amount:                      $       0
 Total Project Cost:                            $ 800,000

 0%* Acquisition & Deployment                      0% Training & Exercise    100% Planning & Coordination
*Percentages include both Federal and non-Federal Match funds.


Maryland requires additional support to determine future technology requirements and
increased oversight of interoperable communications projects. This investment will fund the
development of three detailed technical plans to guide Southern Maryland, Western Maryland,
and the National Capital Region (NCR) towards the use of NPSPAC Mutual Aid channels.
Additionally, this Investment will allow the State to continue its partnership with the University of
Maryland, which has provided support in the State’s development of interoperability
governance, outreach to public safety partners, and enhanced communications plans and
protocols. Consultants will also be used to conduct asset inventory using the Communication
Assets Survey and Mapping (CASM) tool. This Investment will provide the State with the
support it needs to determine interface requirements, technology options, implementation
sequences, and project oversight.



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Data Exchange Hub and National Capital Region
Fiber Optic Network Infrastructure (NCRnet)

 Federal Amount:                                $ 4,700,000
 Non-Federal Match Amount:                      $ 1,034,823
 Total Project Cost:                            $ 5,734,823

 90%* Acquisition & Deployment                     0% Training & Exercise    10% Planning & Coordination
*Percentages include both Federal and non-Federal Match funds.


First responders in the National Capital Region (NCR) are currently unable to share secure and
reliable data. This Investment in the Data Exchange Hub (DEH) and the NCRnet project will
provide the application and network infrastructure necessary to allow secure, noncommercial
access to regional communications systems. Improvements to this system will facilitate real
time, inter-regional, and emergency support function (ESF) communications. The DEH/NCRnet
initiatives will provide an enhanced data-exchange environment, integrated emergency
exchanges between regional and Washington, D.C. ESF agencies, dedicated fiber-optic
connections for the exchange of data, and policies and procedures to govern the infrastructure.
The Investment is expected to improve agency response to and recovery from all-hazards
incidents.




 PSIC Administration and Statewide Planning Costs

Management and Administration (M&A)

 Federal Amount:                                   $ 384,593
 Non-Federal Match Amount:                         $ 98,400
 Total Project Cost:                               $ 482,993

The State was allowed to retain up to three percent of the total PSIC award for costs associated
with the administration of the State’s PSIC Investments. The M&A costs could include hiring
full-time or part-time staff or contractors for grant management services related to reporting,
monitoring and audit compliance, and associated travel and meeting expenses.


Statewide Planning

 Federal Amount                                     $            0

The State was allowed to retain up to five percent of the total PSIC award for Statewide
Planning costs associated with the incorporation of the PSIC criteria into the Statewide
Communication Interoperability Plan (SCIP). The Statewide Planning period of performance
was April 1, 2007–December 3, 2007, with the submission of the SCIP. Maryland, however,
chose not to allocate its PSIC funds in this manner.




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